Beginning a service as a trainee


I finished from Durham University last summertime2018 Throughout my 3 years at uni I played football/hockey for Van Mildert College and was an executive member/Co-President of Business owners Durham. Up until now, absolutely nothing too unusual. Nevertheless, throughout my 2nd year myself and a good friend chose to begin a service. Our concept was to combine trainees and companies in such a way that had not been done in the past, by supplying a lawfully and economically protected platform that would allow companies to use trainees to carry out freelance work.

Inspiration for ‘My Trainee Specialist’.

Myself and my service partner chose to begin business after a discussion we had about trainees working to money themselves along with their research studies. We understood that the majority of individuals we understood who had tasks while at Durham and other universities throughout the nation, were operating in low proficient positions– waitering, bar work, admin tasks, and so on. When in-fact these trainees have other abilities of worth, coding capabilities, graphic style abilities, language abilities, marketing and management experience.

On the other hand of this, through my own degree (Economics) I knew the growing abilities space in the UK and the effect on small companies of not having the ability to discover, or pay for the proficient people they required to grow and establish. So we chose that in between the 2 people we might develop an option and bring the 2 groups together, showing while doing so that if we can develop a site, a brand name and a service, then other trainees can do the exact same. We divided up the jobs, my service partner is a computer system researcher, so dealt with constructing the site and I did some marketing research and started constructing the brand name. We both collaborated on the style of the site and settling the branding components. As soon as we had the concept settled and the essentials of the site planned we started to attempt and discover feedback, utilizing the professions service along with loved ones to get truthful evaluations of the strategy.

Work research study balance.

Finding time to deal with business differed in problem throughout 2nd and 3rd year, depending primarily on when each people had summatives and argumentation due dates. We generally utilized the term times to get little jobs done and to maximize the time we had together to get strong strategies in location for work out of term time. We discovered that this worked well typically, nevertheless, discovering time in 3rd year was especially difficult as the uni work increased and business ended up being more severe. This likewise wasn’t assisted by my dedications as co-president of Business owners Durham. Having stated that, on the whole we both discovered that by strictly handling our time we had sufficient to deal with business, research study and keep some form of a social life.

We were typically handling a mountain of jobs, consisting of all our normal university obligations– workshop work, reading, formatives, summatives and argumentation work. In addition to assisting develop the site (I had no concept how complex this would be), dealing with the legal elements of beginning a business and the legal components particular to our platform, marketing research, marketing and GREAT DEALS OF requesting favours from pals, household, household of pals, university personnel and so on, to assist fill the spaces in understanding and the abilities we did not have (of which there are lots of!). I likewise had lots of tasks to do for Business owners Durham such as handling the officer group, arranging and participating in occasions along with dealing with other trainee business owners.

Funding our service.

We funded business through a ₤500 grant from the University Careers Service. We understood that by doing the force of the work ourselves we might keep start-up expenses to a minimum. We have actually likewise relied greatly on totally free social networks marketing and material generation both prior to and considering that we introduced, simply over a month earlier. Focusing generally on awareness and interest with trainees, which is something that we intend to continue with, along with more paid marketing going forwards as we move to raising awareness with small companies who we have less access to personally. We are focussing our efforts on the North East of England to begin with and intend to broaden from there, utilizing feedback to improve our service as we go.


Up until now it is going quite well, the site is up and running as we desired (however feedback is constantly valued). The concept has actually been well gotten by trainees, we have more than 100 Durham trainees on the platform and a number of companies registered too. No huge success stories since yet, now we have a base of skilled trainees we are hoping that will alter soon!

The last 2 years have actually been extremely satisfying and I would advise that any trainee with a service concept, or a desire to deal with somebody else’s concept, need to try. The worst case (presuming you do not invest all your loan), is that even if it stops working, the experience and understanding you acquire and the sensation of understanding you a minimum of attempted, remains in my viewpoint, significantly much better than never ever attempting and never ever understanding in either case. On top of that, there is a great deal of aid and assistance offered at the University. I would highly advise connecting with the Careers & Business Service or connecting to Business owners Durham to discover like minded trainees and assistance


Joe Boydell.

Joe Boydell, finished from Durham in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree Economics with Management (first Class Hons). He belongs to Van Mildert College and a previous President of Business owners Durham. Joe is co-founder of, a service he established while a trainee, which connects companies with trainee freelancers.

Most current posts by Joe Boydell (see all).


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here